January 4, 2007 Speech
'My path to the Speakership began in Baltimore where my father was Mayor. I was raised in a large family that was devoutly Catholic, deeply patriotic, proud of our Italian American heritage, and staunchly Democratic...'
December 5, 2006 Speech
"During the election the American people spoke out for a New Direction. They said that no place was a New Direction more necessary than in the war on Iraq..."